From the daily archives: Thursday, August 18, 2011

By Chris Furguson
When Election Day takes place on November 8, 2011, several cities will have important ballot measures in addition to 25 contended positions on city councils and school boards.
Brawley’s council election will consist of the three incumbents, George Nava, Ryan Kelley and Don Campbell, along with newcomer Ramon Castro.  Rumors had one of the incumbents not running for re-election, however that does not appear to be the case.
In addition to the council election, Brawley is having a pair of ballot measures on the table.  Measure K would extend the current Utility Users Tax while Measure L would change business license fees and how are they are assessed and implemented.
Additionally, eight candidates are vying for three positions on the Brawley Elementary School District.  The positions of Kathy Prior, Omer Stiff and Cesar Guzman will also be contested by Michael Gaspar, Kevin Hickingbottom, Garrett Thill, Yvonne Burns and Janette Sandoval.
Seven candidates are running for two open seats on the Brawley Union High School Board of Trustees.  Incumbents Rusty Garcia and Cecila Dial will face Rosmarie E. Wood, Mark Dea Greenwood, Edward “Dan” Stauf, Jr., Sally Carrasco-Butler and Carol Sassie in November.
In El Centro, there are 6 candidates going after three seats on the city’s Elementary School District board: Michael Minnix, Julio Rodriguez, Patricia Dunnam, Phillip Moran, Charles Fisher and Javad Aghaloo.
There are also 5 candidates competing for three seats on the El Centro City Council:  Jason Jackson, Jon Edney, Efrain Silva, Sedalia Sanders and Gustavo Reza.
Calipatria will have two council seats up for grabs in November.  Current Mayor Raul Navarro and incumbent Hector Cervantes will
The Calipatria Unified School District will also have six candidates going for four seats.  Incumbents Holly Widmann, Augustine Sadorra, Glenn Sampson and Michael Fong will be on the ballot with Trevor Green and Vince Hernandez.
Holtville will have three candidates fighting for two seats.  Incumbents Matthew Hester and Terry Allegranza will compete with Jared Garewal.  Holtville also has three ballot measures related to their Utility tax for consideration.


Steve Larson
Chambers of Commerce and school districts will be combining to welcome back teachers for another school year next week.
The collaboration between education and business has always been a strong one in Imperial Valley and this year is no exception.
There will be prizes galore and lunch too for new teachers and some old, familiar faces who are returning from the summer break. They will be faced with education budgets that have been slashed and classes that may have gotten bigger. But, each community still likes to see them return. For school opening is as close as cities get to the start of a social fiscal year.
Business picks up throughout the Valley, farms begin work in the fields once again and merchants look forward to a return of prosperity that disappears during the summer months.
The Imperial Chamber of Commerce will have its luncheon this year at the Imperial Veterans Lodge located on Imperial Avenue right next door to the new Chamber office.
The affair is scheduled from 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. that day.
The luncheon is a departure form previous years in Imperial when a welcome breakfast took place at the school district. The early hour and the need to get ready for the opening of school brought about a change of plans, according to a Chamber spokesman.
The Brawley Chamber has been busy lining up prizes and sponsor for the event, which promises to have plenty of giveaways and award presented to the educators in attendance.
There won’t be any luncheon at all in Calexico this year, though. The Chamber and the city have been having a hard time agreeing on a budget. That’s left finances for the Chamber in doubt and with a limited budget expected, the executive board decided to forego this year’s event.
Holtville will have its annual luncheon on the first day of school. It will take place Monday, Aug. 29th at the I.V. Swiss Club on Worthington Road following the conclusion of a half day session in the school district. There will be lunch and plenty of prizes for all those in attendance.
Calipatria will have  a breakfast for returning and new teachers Tuesday, Aug. 23rd from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. at the Bill Young Middle School. It will be in the school’s multi-purpose building.
All chambers are looking for prizes and donations from sponsors who want to show their appreciation for the educators in their area.
Anyone interested in donating or attending the luncheon should contact their local Chamber of Commerce office. It is an ideal way to get out and support the community.

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